Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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318 Reviews
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Reviews: 318
Hads: 1,304
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 49
Gots: 368 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 318 | Hads: 1,304
Photo of CampusCrew
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well like everyone else said its a mild sour, really mild for wild ale. Possibly the least twang of any sour ale ive had. But, it has beuatiful color, quickly disapting head. Smell is faint, green apple jolly rancher, very balanced taste, this isna great into sour for people who already can handle some saisons. Love to see what this beer will be like ina few years thought. The malt backbone that ks there will be interesting. (428 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The resulting beer, from the great minds of Sierra Nevada and Russian River, manifests in a mildly rustic, Belgain fruity, and conservative "wild" ale that may not evoke excitement with the staunch fans of sour ales, but may provide the glimpse into the sour world for the uninitiated.

Pouring a hazy burnish gold color, the beer opens with yeasty appearances and topped by cottony yellowish foam. Solid retention outlasts the acidity and provides pockets of lace around the glass.

The scent of Belgian pale ales is alive and well and rests just beyond the limey and earthy overtones from the brett-brux. Underneath, there's the scent of bread dough, light apple and berry esters with a balancing tone of white pepper and perhaps a dash of cumin.

Flavors of fresh baking bread, semi-starchy sweetness and straw start the show and provides a firm foundation for the natural esters and spices of yeast to rest upon. Green apples, pears, under ripened berries and a tropical hint of papaya give the beer its understated fruitiness. Similarly, the taste of white pepper, celery seed, and fresh cut herbs, and grass balance the fruit, yeast, and malt character well. But the star of the show is the wild character of brettanomyces that casts an earthen shadow over the beer with hints toward weathered attic wood, must, brine, dried limes, mild leather and horse hair. Though the effects from wild micro flora seem young and restrained, they merely add a footnote of complexity and without turning the beer absolutely sour.

Early bready malt textures turn powdery and semi-dry to finish as the sweetness fades from the mouth and a light woody tannin pang substitutes hop bitterness and lead a light citrus acidity into the next sip.

Unlike the usually brash brett beers, this one plays well with others and allows the standard taste of Belgian pale ales to command the flavor profile, at least for now. Age will surly prove otherwise. (1,934 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a nice yellowish orange color with a thick off white head on it that rises and falls relativly quickly with a little lacing on the glass.

S= Smells nice and funky. A little tart apple and some pear in it. A nice hay character to it and some malty sweetness. A little tarness in it as well.

T= Tastes great. It has a nice sweetness to it that holds up nicely to the funk. I was expecting something a little more dry but this is a nice balance of sweetness and funk. There is again a nice pear flavor as well as some tart apple. Hay and maybe a little hop character is present. A nice funk. Really reminds me of some of Russian Rivers beers.

M= Great carbonation and weight.

O= This is up there with Russian Rivers great wild beers. Not the most sour thing in the world but it has a Damination type of funk. Worth trying for sure and worth buying several if you can. (914 characters)

Photo of JustinQ
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 into snifter

Cork Flew out of bottle and Hit the ceiling!!

Appearence: Very Effervescent. Very thin head but im fine with that. Nice orangeish color. Very nice looking

Aroma: Pineapple, citrus, room temperature fruit aroma. Little funky, Slightly Spicy, Great Aroma.

Taste: Very clean for Brett Conditioning. I like the stage the Brett is in now. Once they get super sour I dont like This style nearly as much. But The Brett Complexity is Very Nice. As it warms it becomes more fruity and Dry Very Nice

Mouthfeel: Dry sort of Fungis feeling. Strange but dig it

Overall: Very good Beer. I very much like to stage I was able to try it at. Maybe Ill find some more and Age it. (697 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to finally get this. Haven't had a RR wild yet, but I love the style. From the corked/caged 750mL bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a hazy golden with a one-finger eggshell white head. Recedes quickly with little lacing. Looks like a wild...

I'm liking this nose. Very Belgian pale ale upfront with a nice funky brett backing. Cardamom and cloves meet pear and green apple. Some funky barnyard and a bit of tartness. No booze.

Follows the nose. Nice Belgian flavors upfront; spicy and floral. Moderate brett funk in the middle blends with pear, lemon zest, apple cider, and some earthy hops. A slight tartness comes through with some nice pale malts. Still no alcohol. Finishes with a bit of funk, musty hops, and pale malt. Subtle but pretty complex flavor profile.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Finishes is well balanced and pretty clean for the style. Could maybe use a touch more carbonation.

Overall this was a really good Wild Ale and a perfect introduction to what the style can be. It is not a sour, and the Brett could use some time to build. I think a year or even two or three would do this brew well, and may even make it exceptional. If it wasn't so pricey I would recommended to all, but it is still worth picking up if your a fan of the style. Cheers! (1,296 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml split amongst peeps...I think Cam shared this one, thanks Cam! As a big fan of both breweries, I've been interested in trying this.

Pours a coppery orange with a white head of a few fingers height. Fizzles down to a slight ring within a couple minutes.

Good smell, kinda faint, the taste follows suit with some more strength. Nice sharp bretty notes, lots of lemon, citrus, apple, some tropical notes. Some spice, grassiness and hay. Kinda on the simple side for a wild ale but pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is uber-foamy, but tolerable enough for the style, not bad. Booze is pretty well-hidden, easy to forget this is over 8%.

Overall this was pretty good, but not outstanding. (683 characters)

Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured an orangish tawny color with a 1-1.5 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. However carbonation bubbles very active once head was gone.

S-Not an overwhelming smell, but pleasant none the less. Definitely a sweeter aroma that smells of light caramel.

T-A slight malty sweetness upfront before a mild tartness sets in and lingers a bit. Slight notes of citrus fruits and yeast on the back end with a bit of a tannic finish.

M-Excellent mouthfeel. A high level of carbonation that was balanced nicely with a medium to heavy body. Also had a nice dryness to it.

O-Overall this was a pretty solid beer, but I was expecting a bit more for the price and the names on the bottle. However I feel that it was a exceptionally balanced beer, that walked the line between sweet and sour. Glad I picked up two of these, looking forward to seeing what a bit of age does to this beer. (888 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours hazy orange with a quickly dissipating white head. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. There is the barnyard yeast funk that comes through in the aroma. It smells fruity (apple, pear, lemon) and grassy. There is some spiciness as well. The Belgian yeast, grassy, and spice notes hit the mouth first. There is some tartness, but this is not strong. The body is light to medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. This is a very good beer that would likely improve with age. It doesn't quite live up to expectations, but it is still worth a try if you like wild ales. (658 characters)

Photo of jmaharaj
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden orange. Fleeting head.
S- Easily its strongest showing. Crisp, clean and fruity-sour. Green apples, pears and a nice spicy backdrop.
T- A little dissapointing. The elements were there but they seemed flat together. Strong belgian yeast flavors dominate and the fruits make a brief appearance that trails of into a spicy dry tartness. Not much funkiness at all.
M- Delicately carbonated. Medium light body, maybe a touch oily.
O- Not bad. An average belgian, but a dissapointing wild ale. Perhaps I built myself up a little too much for this one. Sierra Nevada, Russian River and a Wild Ale? I was expecting a lot. (623 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a flat golden orange, little white cap which quickly fades

S: The nose lends a nice little fruit bouquet; greean and red apples with a little pear and spice

T: A little funky, Belgian yeast, sweet and fruity with pears, apples and some allspice. It has lightly funked, Earthy and lingering sweetnes on the finish

M: Medium bodied, a little slick, flat on the tongue I felt

O: Good but not one I would pay $16 for again. (433 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Russian River glass from the corked and caged 750 ml. bottle.

A: Rich orange/amber in color with a thick head that quickly settles to a thin froth on the surface. Bubbles are big like soda, and lacing is minimal as to be expected from this style.

S: Some sweet caramel and orange peel, along with some barnyard funk. Not real prominent on the nose.

T: Begins a bit sweet, but tartness shows through quickly. Some sweet honey and dried orange peel, followed with grassy tones, yeasty funk, and a dry, somewhat floral finish.

Notes: Has more body than I expected. Great dry, clean mouthfeel with complex flavor that is sure to develop with age. Great now, but needs some time to improve. One of my favorite collaboration beers to come out in a long time. Well-done! (784 characters)

Photo of jjveverka
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer from work, pours a hazy orange-gold with a good head. It has a light smell of yeast with some hints of orange. Excellent taste with a very long finish. Smooth on the tongue with good sour nodes that give the beer a fresh and crisp taste. will have to buy another and let it age for a year to see the changes. A nice mouthful but not as full as I had hoped. Overall a very good beer. i am definitively going to age a bottle and see what crazy taste it as in a year or so. (484 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a cloudy golden orange with a two finger white head that recedes quickly to a small pool.
S: slight vinegar acidity in the nose with some citrus. bretty yeast smell but not a lot of funk or barnyard. some pale malt as well
T: funky horseblanket and band aid, very slight tartness, a bit of pale malt and some peppery flavor. more horseblanket toward the end. aftertaste is a bit more horseblanket, some spicey yeast, and a wisp of fruitiness
M: prickly and crisp with a fairly light mouthfeel. a bit drying as well on the finish.
O: pleasantly surprised. Maybe this bottle got funky faster or something based on the other reviews. We'll see what happens with the other three bottles I have. (723 characters)

Photo of Greenmachine07
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i will just flatout say i really enjoyed this beer. it was differnet and had layer upon layer of flavor especially as it began to reach room temp.

A-light brown light head. clear, very faint residue near the bottom

S-smell is similar to almost every Belgium i have tried, but there is a very fresh smell almost crisp. with age this may change

T-crisp taste almost similar to some triples i have tired. there is a spicy lemon taste and the end notes have a sour/grassy/bitter flavor.

O-this was a great beer, i really enjoyed the entire bottle and bought two more to age/review later in the next few years. It was unique and i feel it was worth the money. my next review may be different of this beer but i know for sure it will be excellent (744 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Russian River brewery. Pours a super cloudy and hazy yellow with a very nice white head around 1" in size, damn good lace and retention to it, very small bubbles.

Mild aroma, chunky fresh brett, really needs more time to get any funk, its not here yet, none of that wet dog in a phonebooth thing going. Double edged sword, sometimes I likes it clean, sometimes dirty. Some mild citrus aspects to it.

Taste, well it hides the alcohol nice, but is, I dunno, kinda pedestrian. A little lemon and grass in there, but really nothing in the way of real good tart or funk development. A little resemblance to belgian yeast esters in the mouthfeel. Really the description of a domesticated wild ale goes a long way, this one is in a weird spot, its price is high, which is going to seem to keep potential converts away, and for those who are already into this kind of thing, I dunno how apeshit people will go for this. Is it good? Yes. But its not knock your socks off spend $15 a bottle good. Nonetheless, yes, I am still holding onto a bottle to see what happens down the road.

I'd recommend to try, but don't buy more than one until you know whether this is your thing. For me, just so many more enjoyable options from both breweries that are so much cheaper. (1,274 characters)

Photo of cichief
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml bottle with my girlfriend.

A- Pours a very clear golden with a nice white head.
S- Yeasty and bready, subtle hop aroma.

T- Somewhat malty and bready without being too sweet, well balanced by the hops.

M- Smooth on the tongue, not overly carbonated, nice medium body.

O- A very good beer, a bit expensive to drink regularly, but a good beer. (358 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
2.57/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma is green apple, apricot, and a light peppery note. There is a light funky brett earthiness, but not much. The initial taste is sweet with green apple, a bit of brett earthiness, and some apricot. The finish has a hint of brett and some lingering apple. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was quite disappointing. It's too sweet for the style and there is not much brett funkiness. It will probably improve with time, but I'm not going to buy more bottles to find out given the price. (613 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1397th Review on BA
Bottle to RR Stem
750 C/C

2012
Purchased at Bevmo Chino Hills, CA for $14.99

App- The bottle was correct, was a copper color but more dirty. A two finger fast receding white head was present but fell to a canola oil like look without any lace or cling.

Smell- When it 1st opens you get a bit of apple on the nose and finally this was intentional and not infection apple. Clean with a bit of funk but still young. Lacks a certain depth and pop.

Taste- You really get most of the base beer. Its a Belgian Golden with a nice yeasty flavor. A small bit of funk and a bit of pear on the flavors. Dry on the back and has more of a wine tannic finish.

Mouth- I liked this the best about said beer. It wasn't as light as most AWA are and I can appreciate that. A bit of a fuller medium body with a medium carbonation. Nice bubbles on it. Residual spice, fruit and grass.

Drink- Well I will say that I thought it was good. Wasnt great. I wanted to be blown away and I want to say I am a bit jaded by Wild Ales after having a ton of GREAT ones. For the $$ I wanted more but was still tasty. (1,106 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A very fruity aroma, with hints of yeast in it as well.

T: Tasted of light fruit (citrus, apricots, bananas), a bit of malt, and a good amount of yeast. This is one of those flavors that tends to grow on you the more you drink it.

M: A fair (could have been better) amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer is bumpy in spots, it is generally drinkable. Worth a try. (577 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One hell of a wild collaboration from two incredible breweries – and with a style of yeast I’m not too familiar with. Love new beer territory like this.

A: Oddly bubbly; there’s a ton of white fizz as soon as the beer is poured, but a violent surge of popping sends all the bubbles down in a hurry. A thin layer of retention is sustained by big jets of carbonation from the glass’s bottom, though lacing is essentially nonexistent. Bright orange-golden color to the body, shimmering in direct light.

S: Smells fruity, acidic, and only lightly funky: tart, sweet lemon, grassy grains, fresh cherry and pineapple, all layered in with a prevalent scent of caramel and candi sugar. Sweetly aromatic, but full of natural character, you might say. The yeast makes a beautiful appearance, remarkably herbal and acidic. You might say it smells a bit “young;” full of estery barnyard scents, but with a noticeable brightness.

T: A gorgeous blend of light malt and intriguing funk, mainly: crisp, grassy grains, apple skin, pear, and a touch of oat take center stage first. Barnyard is there in force, of course, with lemon pulp and earthy esters that give this palate a green flavor (akin to the “youth” of the nose) – it’s all very distinct, but not strong enough to overwhelm the senses. Touches of honey and vanilla from the malts come through, with some clove and orange peel from the yeasts. The aftertaste is very grainy, with tastes akin to the grain husk flavors of a pilsner (mixed with the peppery aftereffects of Belgian yeast, too).

M: A body that’s definitely thin, but with tons of bubbly character – almost like champagne. Light and dry on the end, but balanced all-around.

O: Wow – what a year would do to this beer. It’s already excellent as is, but I would love to see what would happen when the brux has its way with this palate. And that enthusiasm, my fellow beer-lovers, is a sign of a truly good beer. (1,948 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy gold with a soda-like head from the high carbonation.

S: A tart and sour aroma. A bit of spicy funk and a bit of pear.

T: Very interesting flavors in this beer. At first there is a strong alcohol and pear flavor that transitions to a funky, bitter and sour flavor with a bit of clove and then some grain and hop.

M: peppery carbonation and medium body. Finishes dry.

O: Very well crafted beer here. Flavors are all over the spectrum, but have a certain harmony and smoothness. Brett is tame, of course, but I really enjoyed it as all of the flavors were present, but none dominated. (605 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is highly carbonated. Light yellow with small white head. The smell is funky. touch of apple cider, white grape tannins. Even a hint of acetic sourness as well. This thing smells really good.

The taste is a let down. Chalky type taste with grassy dryness from the young Brett. The Brett flavors really need some time to grow and shine. I get that light dry citric grassiness characteristic of Brett, just not enough of it. Base beer is clean and crisp. With age, that will allow the Brett to shine.

All in all, it needs age. After a year of Brett growth, this thing will taste fantastic, just not yet. (608 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head, rather fizzy, with minimal retention. No lacing on any of the glass.

S: Better as it warms. SOme faint aprcito, a little peach, pear, and pineapple. There is slight green grassy aroma as well. Slightly funky, not really tart though. Slight generic lacto aroma.

T: More pear/apple than apricot, which was slightly the reverse on the aroma. The beer is slightly spicy with a little bit of clove and a bit of biscuity malt.

M: Medium bodied, slightly heavier than most AWAs I have had. Lively carbonation, but very sour/tart.

O: A pretty good beer, with the Brett shining through. I guess I was hoping for more of a sour. I think this beer has some aging potential, but only grabbed one bottle. At $15, a little steep IMO. (781 characters)

Photo of CTBeerPope
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing copper color with less than a half finger head. Slightly hazy.

Aroma is of light pears and lemons with a vinaigrette like aroma underneath. It has that Brett funk but its very subtle.

Taste is lemon, banana and peppery. Finishes pretty dry. As I go along it reminds me of those sour brite worms. Sweet and sour. Definitely lighter than other beers of this style I've had which is pleasant to me. I also got some hoppy citrus notes going on in there.

Mouthfeel is champagne like. Nice soft body with lively carbonation that works well with the flavors of the beer.

For some reason I've never really enjoyed brews of the same style as a lot of them were much more tart or sour than this which I usually can't get past to really enjoy. This is very young and a bit hoppy and more restrained than the others I've had and in the end I really liked it. This may be a beer that opens me back up to revisiting this style again. (943 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazed copper/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, and gently recedes to nothing. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Plasticy, phenolic Brett yeast. Cracked pepper, biscuit/doughy malts. Citrus and tart lemons.
T: Follows the nose. Phenolic, funky yeast. Peppery spice. Biscuit malts and tart tangy lemons. Finishes very dry.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and dry. Not hard to drink, the bottle is enjoyable. Don't know if I would purchase another though.

Enjoyable enough. The Brett is really apparent and makes this a little to phenolic and plastic for my tastes. Still worth a try. (618 characters)

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.